Ty Segall

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Ty Segall
‘Candy Sam’
Drag City

Throw away your paisley preconceptions of psych and take a gander at these big bawlers and squealers instead. Revered sonic avenger Ty Segall has dropped a sinister new music video for ‘Candy Sam’, and as his muggers’ glorious volley of fuzz riffs proceed to blow the roof clean-off the filthy garage in which they were undoubtedly conceived, there’s an overwhelming sense of foreboding as this collage of suckling tots floods your retinal lobes.

You might well be left wondering, “just who exactly is Candy Sam?” But take into account the macabre artwork that matches Segall’s most recent LP, Emotional Mugger, and track titles like ‘Squealer’ and ‘Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)’. He’s playing with infantile memories with gusto, and though these grinning cherubs initially evoke an innate sense of joy, stare too long and you might get spooked.

Ty Segall and The Muggers will land in Europe this month for dates stretching through to July. We are more than excited for their London show at The Forum on June 24. Get your copy of Emotional Mugger here.

Tour Dates
May 31 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
June 1 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Orangerie
June 2 – Dudingen, CH @ Kilby Bad Bonn
June 3 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
June 4 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
June 5 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo (Primavera Closing Party)
June 6 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
June 7 – Marina di Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
June 9 – Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa
June 11 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
June 13 – Nantes, FR @ Le Stereolux Club
June 15 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
June 17 – Helsinki, FI @ Sideways Festival
June 18 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
June 19 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
June 21 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
June 22 – Glasgow, UK @ The Art School
June 23 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
June 24 – London, UK @ The Forum
June 25 – Beuningen, NL @Down In The Rabbit Hole Festival
June 26 – Lille, FR @ Le Grand Mix
June 27 – Koln, DE @ Gebaeude 9
June 28 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus
June 30 – Cluzes, FR @ Musiques En Stock Festival
July 1 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockeennes Festival
July 3 – Keflavík, IS @ ATP Festival

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Buzzbombs – Loads of rad new music

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Sleaford Mods – ‘No One’s Bothered’ – (Harbinger Sound)

The most punk duo in the UK right now are the only cunts brave enough to ever call out Steve McGarrett from Hawaii five-O, and that my friend, is why this alienating masterpiece makes this list of good shit this month. Charming bollocks not sung by muppets.- Zac

Run The Meows – ‘Meorly’ (Mass Appeal)

When your crazy idea of having cats appearing as musical instruments to remix your album comes to fruition, and people back it on Kickstarter, the only way to complete the mission is to mike up the felines and get down. EL P came through and delivered, as he always does. Purr over the first offering from the kitty, a mashup of the tune ‘Early’. Download for free from here. Zac

Christian Fitness – ‘The Harder It Hits’ (Prescriptions)

Anyone familiar with Future of the Left will know frontman Andrew Falkous’s acerbic and often unhinged delivery. In new project Christian Fitness, Falkous takes this and adds a healthy dollop of sleaze. Like Prince’s evil brother, his falsetto coos unnervingly, before blasting into a distorted yelp. – Joe Parry

Chastity – ‘Manning Hill’ (s/r)

Continuing the excellent blueprint of Canadian punks who’ve come to our attention over the past few years, Ontario’s Chastity deliver a short blast of melodic noise, both infectious and primal. – Joe Parry

Tigercub – Destroy (Too Pure Singles Club)

Brighton has become a breeding ground for a new brand of band bacteria and Tigercub are set to cause an epidemic. Josh Homme-esque drawling vocal delivery and a testosterone charged attitude is the perfect conglomeration for a sound that’s both brutal and ballsy. Latest single ‘Destroy’ is not only a homage to Kyuss with its burly guitars and plundering bass but a driving force in its own right. – Yasmyn Charles

\\GT// – ‘Something’s Wrong With My Mind’ (Communicating Vessels)

This mysterious power trio hail from Alabama with a sound so thick and dense it’ll engulf you like the fuzzy heat haze of the American South. Their howling, swirling noise will be immortalised on July 31st as they release their debut album Beats Misplaced, until then, feast on this nugget of heavy psychedelic goodness. – Dan Druff

Vexx – ‘Black/White’ (Katorga Works)

Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Vexx are sending out waves of excitement across the worldwide DIY punk scene right now with their buzzsaw Avengers/X inspired punk rock attack. They’re fizzing with excitement and touring through Europe at the moment, before landing back in the UK at the start of August. Get Vexxed. – James Sherry

Family Friends – ‘On Your Mind’ (S/R)

Springing out of nowhere with an infectious debut that’s primed and ready to have the A&R’s flocking, this new Aussie bunch set their guitars clean and pristine with beautiful harmonies to match. Get this soothing summer gem on repeat. – Augustus Groove

FLESH – N0T GNA (S/R)

Manchester’s Flesh are crass and caustic. Fuzzed-out guitars trip and roll over baggy Monday’s inspired beats. It’s evident to see why the four-piece have labelled themselves as ‘snot-pop’. Latest single ‘Not Gna’ displays the group’s brattiness in one hard hitting dose. Turbulent riffs and defiant lyrics portray the band as a bunch of wayward delinquents with an attitude to match their huge sound. – Yasmyn Charles

RiXE – ‘INFATIGABLES’ (La Vida Es Un Mus Records)

From their Coups & Blessures EP, these young Parisian bootboys have delivered one of the great records of 2015. Sharp, dynamic, punch heavy anthems are the order of the day. Go see ‘em in the UK in July. – Pete Craven

Ought – ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ (Constellation)

Montreal’s Ought have followed up their 2014 album More Than Any Other Day with the sprawling ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’. Despite the repetition throughout, the track opens and reveals itself over its seven-minutes. A lot of their music feels like it unravelling, but this is the most composed they’ve ever sounded. – Joe Parry

VAASKA – ‘POLICIA POLICIA’ (Beach Impediment Records)

This is absolute killer blown-out D-Beat destruction from Austin, Texas. Listen to this blistering track off their 2nd album Todos Contra Todos LP, sure ain’t no feeble bastard! – Pete Craven

Interrobang?! – ‘Love It All’ (On The Fiddle Recordings)

Featuring ex-Chumbawamba men Dunstan and Harry, Interrobang?! takes them back to their sharp post-punk roots; The Fall, Wire, Crass, words that mean something, music that inspires action. ‘Love It All’ is their second single and is tense, uptight and then explodes. Fabulously exciting stuff. – James Sherry

Fuzz – ‘Rat Race’ / ‘Pollinate’ (In The Red)

These 2 bonus final numbers have Ty Segall on drums in his new project Fuzz. Would love to know how many new projects he has coming out this year, bloke must not sleep, but once again, it’s on point. Wizard steez stoner radness… – Zac

Sludge super-group incoming!

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We all know Ty Segall likes a good ol’ knees up ’round the old Joanna, dipping his psychedelic toes into side projects and collaborations under the guise of Fuzz, The Traditional Fools, Sic Alps, White Fence and many more, not to mention eight studio albums under his own name.

Today, we discover Segall’s involvement in a new band called Broken Bat, and it’s quite possibly the most exciting super group you’ll hear about this year. Featuring Segall himself, the Melvins’ Dale Crover on drums, and OFF!/Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald, the trio have just revealed a teaser song snippet on BandCamp titled ‘Take My Medicine’.

Stream this sludge nugget below and stay tuned for more.

Watch Ty Segall team with Wand for acoustic set

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The ever-prolific Ty Segall recently debuted a new song during a run of acoustic shows last week. Joined by Wand’s Corey Hanson across various NYC venues, the duo switched out their fuzz-pedals for acoustic’s and span a charming rendition of Neil Young’s ‘For The Turnstiles’, (on the Instagram clip below) and new material which can be heard on the below YouTube clip at 2.45.

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White Fence: Tim Presley speaks

Interview by Nick Hutchings
Photos: Ruth Swanson, Madeline Allard

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I first became aware of Tim Presley’s band White Fence via his sublime split album with San Franciscan garage rock king Ty Segall. I was instantly infatuated with Hair, and upon further inspection, I learned that Tim had been just as prolific as Ty in his musical career, as well as other patrons of garage. Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, happens to have worked with White Fence on his own record label, Castle Face, releasing 2013’s Cyclops Reap.

Under the guise of White Fence, Tim Presley has recorded 6 albums between now and 2010, all in his own lo-fi bedroom studio set-up. His seventh record, For The Recently Found Innocent, sees him leaving the bedroom behind for a full analogue studio with Segall at the control desk.

Naturally, the record is a pure psych pop pleasure. If you too dig the sounds of The Byrds, The Lyres, 13th Floor Elevators and Syd Barrett then For The Recently Found Innocent should be found post haste and played like yesterday. Third track ‘Like That’ has been plaguing my waking dreams for a while now, but tracks like ‘Sandra (When The Earth Dies)’ and ‘The Light’ prove themselves instant classics. I got in touch with Mr. Presley for a little more conversation about the new album. Turns out he doesn’t just like The Chocolate Watchband, he also digs Sleaford Mods.

Last time you worked with Ty Segall on Hair it was on an equal footing. This time he was the boss. How did that work out?

Well, it worked more like – I was the boss of the song, and Ty was the boss of the recordings. These were the roles, and that’s how it played out. Though there were moments where we blurred those lines a little.

For The Recently Found Innocent features a ‘full’ studio set up rather than a bedroom recording situation. Why did you make the change?

I just needed a change. I needed to switch up the method. Ty had been wanting to do some recordings anyways, so the timing ended up perfect. The set up was a small garage, an 8-track, amps, and a drum kit. We only needed 8 for the basics, then we drove the tapes up to San Francisco, and dumped them into Eric Bauer’s 2” machine and 24 track board.

Did you find the change constrictive or liberating?

Both. Liberating because I could let go of the recording and mixing to concentrate on the song and playing, but constricting because we tightened up all the instrumentation and kept it simple.
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Hair was one of my favourite Ty Segall albums – how did the collaboration come about, and what was the best thing about it for you?

Ty came up to me at a show in San Francisco. White Fence had just played, I think. He asked if I’d wanna do a split record. I assumed we’d just split sides. Ty on the A, me on side B. Long story short, we ended up at Bauers’ studio (SF) and he showed me a song he’d been working on. I said hey, I got a song, and I showed him ‘I’m Not A Game’. He learned it in 2 minutes and we recorded it. From there we started writing tunes together. The whole record just fell into place. The best part was how harmonious and easy the whole thing came together. I’ve never in my life made a record that easily. It was like we shared a brain.

For The Recently Found Innocent is easily Hair’s equal, I admire your knack for writing great songs. Where do your ideas come from initially?

I don’t know, maybe because early on, I sold my soul for rock and roll. I don’t have to keep many notes because I’m always at home writing and recording. Idea pops up, I fucking record it. I’m only prolific because I force myself to be. I don’t lolly-gag around bars and waste my time getting pats on the back from social circles. I’m at home making shit.

What’s your secret weapon to get a hostile audience on your side?

Play faster.

What does between song banter consist of?

I’m horrible at that.

Your music appears to be influenced by the likes of Nuggets and the 13th Floor Elevators, yet sounds timeless. Do you dig any modern music too, or are you quite insular?

Recently I’ve been into Cate Le Bon’s new LP Mug Museum, Jack Name’s Light Show and a punk, hardcore band called Hoax. I like that last Sleaford Mods album too. As far as “popular” groups, fuck no. There are some good rappers like Pusha T that I like though.

Above all, which new album are you most excited about?

My new one.
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Good answer. What about Ty Segall, what’s your favourite album of his?

Goodbye Bread.

What was it like to enjoy John Dwyer’s patronage when working with Castleface? How important is he to contemporary garage and psychedelic music?

He’s the king.

What were you found innocent of?

I’m not innocent…that’s the point.

What are you secretly guilty of?

I can’t say.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

I have no shame in anything I listen to. I’ll have my reasons.

For The Recently Found Innocent is out now on Drag City Records.

Ty Segall & White Fence

ty-segall-and-white-fence-hairA great example of the garage tones that eminate from the new Ty Segall & White Fence album ‘Hair‘ can be found here with a session version of the track “Time.” It’s a great introduction to a new album released this week that has been gracing our stereo here at the office made up of Californian song writer Ty Segall and Darker My Love’s Tim Presley.

Presley takes the lead on most of the vocals and lead guitars across the eight tracks on this short but sweet collab album and Segall can be found banging the drums and taking care of rhythm guitar. If your ears are warmed by 60’s inspired psych garage and indie then you should enjoy what these guys are doing here. Search and you will not be disappointed.